The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA), an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), in partnership with Casey Family Programs (CFP), launched the Positioning Public Child Welfare Initiative: Strengthening Families in the 21st Century in January 2007. This initiative laid the groundwork for the guidance for the field of public child welfare.
The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is a nonprofit, bipartisan agency of state and local human service agencies and individuals who work in or are interested in public human service programs. APHSA’s mission is to pursue excellence in health and human services by supporting state and local agencies, informing policymakers and working with our partners to drive innovative, integrated and efficient solutions in policy and practice. APHSA educates Congress, the media and the general public on social policies and practices and help state and local public human service agencies achieve their desired outcomes in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child care, child support, Medicaid, food stamps, child welfare and other program areas and issues that affect families, the elderly and people who are economically disadvantaged.
Established by United Parcel Service founder Jim Casey, Casey Family Programs is a Seattle-based national operating foundation that has served children, youth and families in the child welfare system since 1966. Casey Family Programs’ mission is to provide and improve—and ultimately to prevent the need for—foster care. They operate in two ways; they provide direct services and they promote advances in child-welfare practice and policy. They collaborate with foster, kinship and adoptive parents to provide safe, loving homes for youth in their direct care programs. They also collaborate with counties, states and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes to improve services and outcomes for the more than 500,000 young people in out-of-home care across the U.S. Drawing on over 40 years of front-line work with families and alumni of foster care, they develop tools, practices and policies to nurture all youth in care and to help parents strengthen families at risk of needing foster care.
Casey Family Programs
David Sanders, Executive Vice President of Casey Family Programs, shares on the partnership of NAPCWA and Casey Family Program in the development and implementation of the Positioning Public Child Welfare Guidance.
Joan Smith, Director of the Systems Improvement Services at Casey Family Programs, shares Casey's goal with the Positioning Public Child Welfare Guidance.